SPEAKUP Implicit and Explicit Bias Education - Memphis - 3.10.21
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It is an unacceptable fact that Black and indigenous people are more likely than people from other races to die or suffer injuries during pregnancy and childbirth. Implicit and Explicit SPEAK UP Training is a day-long interactive workshop that outlines strategies to help individuals and groups dismantle racism, provide quality equitable care, and reduce health disparities.

 Export to Your Calendar 3/10/2021
When: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
8:00 AM
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Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, FedEx Event Center
FedEx Event Center
6903 Great View Drive North
Memphis, Tennessee  38134
United States
Contact: Kent Hamilton

Online registration is available until: 3/11/2021
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Please click here to download a copy of the conference brochure and agenda.


Parking is free and conveniently located across from the Fedex Event Center.


Healthcare professionals who support and care for women before, during and after pregnancy or care for newborns.


1) Background Knowledge: Describe factors that contribute to perinatal disparities based on a social justice framework.
2) Improvement Science: Outline quality improvement strategies and tactics for eliminating implicit and explicit bias when caring for women before, during, and after pregnancy.
3) Action Plan: Develop a quality improvement action plan for ensuring equity in perinatal outcomes.


All participants are requested to complete the Harvard Implicit Bias (Race IAT) self-assessment prior to attending the SPEAK UP training. The test is free and can be accessed at: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html


Each learner will receive a copy of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) SPEAKUP Workbook. The SPEAKUP Workbook includes improvement science tools, perinatal examples and reference materials that are the foundation of correcting both explicit and implicit bias and developing and leading QI. Each learner will use their workbook during the conference to design and record their draft action plan, record their draft project aims, develop a draft logic model and a draft driver diagram.


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Dr. Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has over 30 years' experience in Maternal Child Health Nursing, a master's degree in perinatal nursing from Columbia University, and a doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Most of Debra's career has been spent working in hospital leadership positions at the front lines of healthcare. For example, she has held the positions of Director of Maternal Child Health Nursing for two hospitals in New York City, Manager of a large referral Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in New York City, a stand-alone birthing center in a small community hospital, and a fetal evaluation unit.

Debra has expertise in Quality Improvement (QI), health care safety, and implementation science.  Her dissertation topic was: "Improving front-line clinicians’ quality improvement implementation effectiveness." In addition, she has led numerous QI inter-disciplinary initiatives designed to improve the safety of healthcare.  She is an author of numerous articles published in peer reviewed journals and of implementation toolkits. Debra served as the Vice President of Research, Education, and Practice for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), where she led the development and launch of the Postpartum Hemorrhage Project, the Women’s Health and Perinatal Nursing Care Quality Measures, and the Maternal Fetal Triage Index.  Prior to working at AWHONN, Dr. Bingham was the first Executive Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative where she helped form the collaborative and the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) committee, co-authored the Obstetric Hemorrhage Toolkit, and launched the first CA-Obstetric Hemorrhage Multi-Hospital Collaborative. Debra was the Chair on the Council in Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare (a volunteer organization comprised of representatives from 17 professional organizations). Debra is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and former Chair of Lamaze International's Institute for Safe and Healthy Births. 

Currently Dr. Bingham is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Quality and Safety at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, a perinatal clinical consultant and the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement.

Renée Byfield, MS, RN, FNP, C-EFM is a clinical leader specializing in obstetric and newborn care. She has held nurse management positions at Temple University Hospital. She has been a clinical nurse educator in both academic and hospital programs. At Temple and Drexel University Nursing schools in Philadelphia, PA, Renée taught in the undergraduate and master programs. She has held obstetric educator roles at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center – NYP. At Cornell, she became Patient Safety Administrator for the obstetric service where she coordinated quality improvement and perinatal patient safety initiatives. She developed and launched interdisciplinary simulation drills and team training as an AHRQ TeamSTEPPS master trainer.
As a Senior Manager of Clinical Program Development at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) she authored and facilitated development of Perinatal Orientation Education Program (POEP) and Neonatal Orientation Education Program (NOEP) 3rd and 4th editions and the Obstetric Patient Safety (OPS) Program focused on postpartum hemorrhage management utilizing simulation-based training. She serves on the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GaPQC), Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program Advisory Committee and Health Equity Subcommittee.
In 2018, Renée was selected by the March of Dimes as a Georgia Nurse of the Year Finalist receiving an Excellence in Nursing certificate. She is passionate about the positive impact that mutual respect and team collaboration has on patients, their families, and the community we serve.



Early Bird Registration

(Through January 31, 2021)

Includes SPEAK-UP

Workbook - $49.99 Value

Regular Registration

(If registered

Februry 1, 2021 or later)

Includes SPEAK-UP

Workbook - $49.99 Value

Current Paid PQI Individual or Premium Hospital Subscribers

$175.00 per person

Best Value

$195.00 per person

Best Value

UTHSC faculty and students, Methodist LeBonheur & Regional One staff who do not have a paid PQI subscription* $195.00 per person $219.00 per person

UTHSC faculty and students, Methodist LeBonheur & Regional One staff, and all others who also purchase a paid PQI subscription*

$175.00 + $44.00 PQI Subscription= $219.00 per person Best Value
$195.00 + $44.00 PQI Subscription = $239.00 per person Best Value
All Others - Conference Fees Only $245.00 per person    $274.00 per person
*Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) paid subscriptions include: Two Action Briefs per year and full QI Project Maps search capability. Go to www.perinatalQI.org for more details about the PQI Action Briefs and QI Project Maps.

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